Remains of an unknown vessel on the southern shore of Hooe Lake, near Oreston in Plymouth.
Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV)
The motor fishing vessel Floralie was built in France in 1970. The timber built ship was 17.98m long with a beam of 5.43m and was powered by a Baudouin 287hp diesel engine. Floralie was originally registered in Lorient as LO289198.
In 1977 the Floralie arrived safely in Newlyn harbour after being pumped out by Penzance fire-brigade following a 7 1/hour 2 struggle to get back into harbour after getting into trouble 20 miles north of Pendeen.
John Doohan bought the Floralie in Lorient in 1985 and brought her to Ballyness Donegal for refit of new electronics and some remedial work on the hull, when it was finished they fished her out of Downings. Doohan sold it in Burtonport, County Donegal in 1988 to Dan "Betty". Transferred to Sligo and registered as SO 790, the Floralie then operated from her home port of Dingle under skipper Jim Tormey.
Floralie arrived in Hooe Lake between 2007 and 2009 and was abandoned on the west side of the boatyard next to Flete Lady .
Please get in touch if you have any information about this vessel by sending us a message below. Thanks to John Doohan for information about this boat.
Floralie was still in good condition in 2009 but was a hulk by 2015 with masts and wheelhouse removed. When photographed by The SHIPS Project in 2020 the hull was still largely complete but bilged so she floods with the tide.
Hooe Lake, Oreston, Plymouth
From Oreston, take the Lower Saltram road off Plymstock Road then turn right into Kingfisher Way. Follow the road down to the lake and there is a car park at the end. Take the footpath heading south under the folly and follow it round to the hulk, there is a gap in the bushes where you can walk through to the beach. Alternatively, walk round via the beach but take care as the rocks are slippery.
Last updated 03 Jan 2021
Position OS: SX 50155 52817
Position GPS: 50.356143, -4.107816
Motor Fishing vessel (MFV)
Diesel, Baudouin 287hp
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